As summer winds down and temperatures begin to dip once more, full- and part-time RVers alike begin planning their final trips before hunkering down for the wintertime. Although some of the more popular fall destinations are down south, where the cooler air has yet to pervade, it may be worth remaining up north for just a little while longer — especially as the leaves begin to change colors and drift to the earth.
With that in mind, let us take a look at the best places to see fall foliage this year:
The Pacific Northwest may be one of the most underrated fall destinations. In spite of its rainy and somewhat muggy climate, these conditions are the perfect catalyst for trees to shut down in preparation of the darkness of winter. If this sounds appealing to you, make sure to take a trip out to Columbia River Valley, Oregon, where you can get prime views of the foliage and the area’s surrounding waterfalls and moss-covered rock formations.
This expansive national park stretches between Tennessee and North Carolina and brings in the most tourists of all the parks in the United States. Although most folks choose to visit the area i either the summertime or the winter, it would be best to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the fall — when the forests collectively turn fiery hues of red, orange, and yellow.
Plus, if you have an annual pass to stay in the national parks, you can easily set up camp for a week and take in all the sights the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.
Although Alaska may seem like an unnecessary haul away, the extensive planning and long days of driving will ultimately be worth it when you pull into the stunning Denali National Park. Known as the “roof of North America,” the area offers visitors opportunities to watch the native wildlife, the breathtaking scenery, or even some peace and solitude.
Regardless of how you intend to spend your stay, ensure you get out into the park and explore — you never know when you might find the ideal spot to sit and admire the vibrant leaves.
Although the American Southwest may seem like the last place you could go to view fall foliage, it is actually one of the best locations, as it offers visitors views of a rather diverse landscape. Along the San Juan Mountains, guests can see the towering trees changing colors against a backdrop of lush, rocky, and even snow-capped mountains — it all depends on where they stop.